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Maureen Burke Ceremonies

Custom ceremonies for all people.
Serving DC, MD and NoVA, Same-sex, non-traditional, non-denominational, 20001
301-741-8573
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5.0
82 Reviews
Kevin
1/31/14
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Maureen married my husband and I at the end of January and I can’t say enough about how wonderful the ceremony was. We first got in touch with Maureen about four months before our wedding day and after talking with her on the phone I knew that I wanted her to be our officiant. She was so helpful and friendly throughout the entire process. The ceremony part of the wedding was not something my partner and I were very familiar with, but Maureen was so helpful in guiding us through everything. After discussing the basic layout with her we answered a detailed questionnaire so that she could get to know us better and chatted with her a few times over Skype. From the conversations and questionnaire, she crafted a ceremony that was so personal and meaningful. During the reception I think almost all of our guests mentioned how beautiful the ceremony was and asked how we found Maureen. My mother has mentioned to me several times in the two months since our wedding how special she thought the ceremony was. I can’t say enough good things about Maureen. We planned everything from Texas and didn’t actually meet her in person until the day of our wedding but she managed to make everything easy and give us a perfect ceremony that was meaningful to us and our guests. If you are considering Maureen to be your officiant, I recommend her to you without any reservations.
Guergana
1/3/14
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Let me start off by saying that Maureen Burke is an incredible woman who made the most important day of our lives that more special. From the moment we reached out to Maureen to see if it would be a good match for our ceremony, she was extremely attentive and a great source for information. We were thrilled that she was so flexible and involved in planning our ceremony from start to finish. Maureen met us in person and made us feel comfortable from the first hello. It was so easy to tell that she is truly passionate for what she does. Not only was she the officiant at our ceremony, but she really did play an instrumental role in putting the ceremony together. What we really loved was the personal touch that was added to our ceremony! Maureen had us answer questions that really made us think and say what we appreciate about each other and what we both wanted from the ceremony. She even gave us some great resources for our vows! Not only did she write a beautiful ceremony for us that was specifically created for our special moment, Maureen came to the rehearsal and made sure that everyone in our wedding party as well as the DJ knew what was happening and when. We didn't have a wedding planner and it was so helpful to have a pro to rely on. From day one, Maureen was an absolute pleasure to work with. I would recommend her to anyone who wants perfection on their special day. Thank you, Maureen, for making our wedding day one that we will never forget!
Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Oh, Guergana! Thank you so much for your lovely and generous review. It was a joy to work with you, and I sincerely hope our paths cross again.
Ericka
12/31/13
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Maureen did an amazing job as the officiant for our wedding. We wanted a "somewhat" religious ceremony to appease family members and she was so accommodating. Everyone commented on how personal and touching the ceremony was. I could not have asked for a better ceremony. I would highly recommend her to anyone!
Lee
12/28/13
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Maureen Burke was just wonderful. We knew our service was going to be simple because we are planning a larger more elaborate service when we get back home to our friends and family and she provided the guidance to help us achieve exactly what we wanted. There was no up selling or making the process difficult. She told us exactly what we needed to do. Dependable, professional, and so sweet, supportive and thorough. In a country that seems to be suffering at times from poor customer service it was such a pleasure to work with Maureen she will rekindle your faith that good people are out there to genuinely want to help you. Do I sound like a fan of hers? I am now. Thank you for helping us make this a very special day for us!
Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much, Lee. It was wonderful to work with you!
Jennifer
11/16/13
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Maureen has a true gift and my husband and I were absolutely amazed at the wonderful job she did in crafting and performing our ceremony. From the moment we contacted Maureen we knew we were in great hands and that she is a true professional. Maureen wrote a beautiful ceremony that really told our story; there were tears of joy and laughter throughout. She really made our wedding day special and we are so happy that we chose Maureen as our Wedding Officiant. It was a true pleasure working with someone who really enjoys what she does and celebrating couples and the love they have for one another.
Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much for such a lovely review. It was a real pleasure, and honor, to work with you and tell your story. I wish you all the best!
Renai
10/28/13
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
After trying to coordinate everything on my own and failing miserably, I contacted Maureen a week before my wedding date. My partner and I had our commitment ceremony 5 years ago at our home in Alabama, but now wanted to get legally married on our 10 year anniversary. Maureen respected that for us this was mostly a legal issue and that the commitment aspect of marriage had been taken care of years ago. She met us at one of our favorite places, Starbucks, and the words she spoke were heartfelt and appropriate for us. She made a day that we expected to just be sign a few papers and drive 12 hours back home something very special. My partner and I will be forever grateful to Maureen for working with us last minute to make this day perfect. I would recommend her services to anyone, especially if you are from out of town and planning to come to the DC area to get married. She also offers a proxy service so everything can be ready and waiting for you when you get into town. Just don't wait until a week before your ceremony to ask about this. =)
Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much, Renai! And thank you for all of your sage advice - it's greatly appreciated.
Rodney
10/25/13
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Maureen did wonderful job in officiating our marriage. She is a delight to work with as well as professional. We appreciated the speed and efficiency in making it all happen.
Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you, Rodney!
d
10/19/13
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Having been burnt by a different officiate it was challenging to trust someone else we didn't know and 800 miles away. But Maureen was professional, personable & amazingly prompt with responses to our inquires. We were especially pleased with her timeliness with the proxy service she provided because if she hadn't been, our wedding would have been postponed due to the government shutdown. Because of the shutdown, we had to locate a different wedding site. With Maureen's help we were able to find a site which surpassed our original location. Maureen provided us a draft of the ceremony to review and edit. But it didn't need editing. It was perfect! Maureen is a kind gentle soul. We didn't feel like we were standing in front of a stranger on our wedding day. We felt like Maureen was a long time friend.
Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much, d! I'm so glad you found me, and that everything worked out so well despite the shutdown. It was a pleasure to officiate your marriage. I wish you the very best!
Sam
10/11/13
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Maureen was phenomenal. My now wife and I wanted something very personal and appropriate for our relationship. Maureen provided just that and more. I am Catholic and my wife is not religious and the ceremony that Maureen helped us craft was a perfect blend of spirituality and simplicity that made both of us feel comfortable and understood. We also felt that the guests left feeling that this was very much our wedding and not some cookie-cutter wedding or something generic. Maureen was great from the beginning and spent time speaking with us on the phone, met with us prior to the service to discuss and was very responsive via email (a big plus for us). Maureen's demeanor, candor and professionalism are outstanding and I would recommend her services to any and all. Thanks Maureen! (Sam and Marika)
Madeline
9/7/13
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Maureen Burke officiated our wedding in Old Town Alexandria and my husband and I couldn't be happier with how everything went! There are a lot of officiants available for hire on the internet, but Maureen stands out from the crowd because she works with you to provide a very personalized ceremony. We really loved going through Maureen's questionnaire (which doubles as a conservation starter with your future spouse on so many important topics). She used our answers to write the ceremony, and the end result really captured our personalities perfectly. We loved how she added in heartfelt quotes, analogies, and a tiny hint of religion (per our request), as well as the jokes and lighter moments. Our guests truly felt like they were part of the ceremony, which is exactly what we were hoping for, and they complimented us all night long on Maureen’s thoughtful words and delivery. Maureen is also extremely warm, easy to work with, calm, knowledgeable (instructing us on exactly what to do), a strong public speaker, and prompt (showing up earlier than asked for both the rehearsal and wedding). She's truly one of the best vendors we hired, so if you are looking for a personalized ceremony that will make everyone laugh and cry , Maureen is perfect for the job.
Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much, Madeline! Thank you, too, for including me in your wedding. It was such a pleasure to work with you and Mark. Wishing you all the best!
Mythri
8/18/13
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We planned a small civil ceremony in just under a month given our work schedules and could not have been more happy and fortunate to have found Maureen and have her as our officiant. We originally thought our time restriction would give us less flexibility in planning an intimate and meaningful ceremony, but just after meeting Maureen and talking to her about our thoughts and hopes for the future, we knew that we could not have a ceremony without the personal touches that she provided. Most meaningful to us was the fact that she took the time to get to know us in person and over the phone, to understand our shared and individual histories, and learn about why we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. Our families and friends were left with such a warm and peaceful feeling at the end of the ceremony and it is hard to describe how lucky we were to find her during the planning process!
Danica
6/22/13
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Maureen Burke was our officiant for our private wedding ceremony in Washington, DC. The first wonderful thing about Maureen is that she is very flexible and interested in tailoring your ceremony to your needs. We wanted it to be just the two of us, on our rooftop, very simple but not formulaic (like a court ceremony could be), and we needed this all in 10 days and couldn't meet in advance (we had a Caribbean ceremony with friends and family afterwards and didn't realize that the wait time for DC Superior Court was so long). Maureen helped us work this all out after a couple of phone consultations, and she put us at ease that everything would go smoothly. She was also incredibly responsive, getting back to us each time within a half hour. On the actual wedding day, she arrived on time (actually a bit early). The ceremony that she had prepared for us was perfect - personal, meaningful, and spiritual. She was really wonderful to work with during the entire process, and we couldn't have asked for anything to go better. We would highly recommend Maureen Burke as your wedding officiant.
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Officiant
What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
DC, DE, MD, VA
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